Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Daughter of mum jailed in Iran insists she will celebrate her 5th birthday in prison with mom

Jailed British mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has penned an emotional ­letter to her little girl from behind bars to mark her fifth birthday today.

Gabriella was a baby when her mum was jailed on bogus spy charges in Iran and the youngster has remained with her maternal grand­parents in Tehran ever since.

Poignantly revealing Gabriella asked to celebrate her birthday “in prison so Mummy can come”, Nazanin, 40, tells her daughter how much her positivity keeps her strong.

The party was held on Sunday, when the youngster “lit up the visiting room”.

Nazanin’s campaigner husband Richard, from London, has been denied a visa to visit his wife or daughter since the arrest.

He explains Gabriella’s birthday is particularly heartbreaking for Nazanin because they always discussed bringing her back to the UK to start school when she turns five.

“Nazanin talks of she and Gabriella coming home together – I don’t think she has given up hope of that.”